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National School Counseling Week is Feb. 2-6
It’s National School Counseling Week, and Saint Paul Public Schools is extending appreciation to all of its school counselors for their efforts to support Saint Paul students, families and site staff members.

National School Counselor Week focuses attention on the impact and unique contribution school counselors make in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

More than 32,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities.

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal and social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, the ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

Saint Paul Public Schools has school counselors who work tirelessly to support all students. When you see a SPPS school counselor this week please thank them for their dedicated service.

Look for 2015 History Day Events in February
History Day season is upon us. The theme for History Day 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy.” Students will research topics of interest to them and present their findings in a paper, on a website, or in a performance or documentary. Saint Paul Public Schools partners with the Department of Diversity Outreach at the Minnesota History Center to provide kickoff events, in-class mentors and Hullabaloos at local libraries.

Here’s a list of 2015 History Day events in SPPS.

Special Education Family Resource Fair is Feb. 20
Families of children who receive Special Education services are invited to attend the Special Education Family Resource Fair on Friday, Feb. 20 at Bridge View School.

There will be information regarding camps, activities, community resources and health and wellness information for children from birth to 21 years old. Traditional childcare (birth to 21 years old) and the young athletes program (ages 2-7) will be available. A light meal is provided. Download the flier.

If you have questions, contact Jackie Kelly at 651-767-3437 or

SPPS Literacy Specialist Paul Richardson to lead Monday's Tweet Chat on 'Reading Resilience'
Discuss education topics on Twitter every Monday at 7 p.m. with the Office of Personalized Learning. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #sppschat. This week's topic will be “Reading Resilience: Approaches for Helping Students Build Independence with Difficult Texts.”

This twitter chat will examine how we can support reading skills that work toward independence with difficult non-fiction, independent reading books and complex texts that blend genres and text-types. We will discuss what teachers, students and parents can do to support our readers' will and skill to navigate the tough reads. This Twitter Chat will be led by SPPS Literary Specialist Paul Richardson.

Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.